how much is a clove of garlic? Here are secrets you need to know

How much is a clove of garlic?

The weight of a clove varies from 1 gram to 6 grams (source: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Garlic ). Taste and weight depend on the type of garlic.

Types of garlic:

Till today there are more than 400 species of garlic are found. The most common species of garlic is “Allium Sativum.” And this is most commonly available garlic. Allium Sativum is further subdivided into two categories.  Hardneck and Softneck.

Hardneck Garlic
Hardneck can be recognized by the stalk.

  • Rocambole
    • Purple stripe
    • Asiatic,
    • Marbled Purple Stripe,
    • Glazed Purple Stripe.
    •  CerolePorcelain

Softneck Garlic

Softneck Garlic has many layers. The outer layers are thick. Inner layers of cloves are smaller (closer to the bulb). Below are two popular types of softneck Garlic.

    • Silverskin garlic
    • Artichoke garlic

Creole Garlic
Black Garlic
Scapes
Ramps
Elephant/Buffalo Garlic

How many cloves in garlic?

There are 10-15 cloves in the garlic (whole bulb). On average a supermarket clove can weigh about 3-6 grams. Most of the recipes require only 2-3 cloves of garlic. Mincing will decrease the weight. Below are some details.

How much is a garlic clove minced?

One small clove of garlic = ½ teaspoon minced garlic.
One medium clove = 1 teaspoon minced
One big clove = 1.5 teaspoons of minced garlic

13 medium-size cloves are equal to the ¼ cup.

How much is 2 garlic cloves minced?

Below is what you will get if mince two garlic cloves
2 garlic cloves (small) = 1 tsp
2 medium cloves = 2 Tsp
2 big cloves = 3 Tsp

how much is three garlic cloves minced?
3 small garlic cloves (minced) = 1.5 tsp
3 medium garlic cloves (minced) = 3 tsp
3 big garlic cloves (minced) = 4.5 tsp

How much is four garlic cloves?

small garlic cloves (minced) = 2 tsp
4 medium garlic cloves (minced) = 4 tsp
4 large garlic cloves (minced) = 6 tsp

How much garlic powder equals one clove of garlic?

Fresh garlic always tastes better than the powder. I still use fresh garlic cloves but if you are allergic or want to use only for the medical purpose. Then garlic powder is ideal. Garlic powder is the dried (dehydrated garlic cloves) in powder form. In my experience, 1 fresh garlic clove is equal to teaspoon garlic powder.

Substitutes of Garlic

Some friends of you called and told they are coming for dinner. You said Kool and started cooking. Then you check your fridge and found that there is no garlic. Dam! (actually, this happened to me last week, lol). Below are some substitutes if you are traveling or due to any other reason you can’t find fresh garlic.

Garlic Flakes: 1/2 teaspoon = 1 clove
Granulated Garlic = 1/4 teaspoon = 1 clove
Garlic Salt = A fresh garlic clove is equal to ½ garlic salt. Keep in mind if you use garlic salt use less salt in the recipe as it has already salt in it.

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